[Protest of Navy Solicitations for Maintenance Services]

B-233055,B-233056: Feb 10, 1989

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A firm protested a Navy solicitation for maintenance services, contending that: (1) the solicitation was defective, since it did not indicate the type of bid documents required; (2) it would have been more cost-effective for the Navy to issue a single solicitation for the required maintenance and construction services; (3) the Navy improperly failed to include separate line items for certain required services; and (4) the Navy should have reprinted the six solicitation amendments for bidders' convenience. GAO held that the: (1) protest against the specifications was academic, since the Navy amended the requirements; (2) protester failed to show that the Navy's procedure was unreasonable or that it abused its discretion; (3) solicitation provided sufficient information for bidders to adequately prepare their bids; and (4) Navy was not required to reprint the solicitation after amending it several times, since the amendments clearly indicated which provisions were changed. Accordingly, the protest was dismissed in part and denied in part.

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